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Artist Hogbin, Stephen
Title Spoons
Date 1978/ /
Home Location Mezz., Collection Area - M2
Material Birch
Length (in) 11.5
Depth (in) 3
Diameter (in) 1.5
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Donated by Alan LeCoff
Accession Number 1995.01.01.083G
Object ID Number 1995.01.01.083
Object Number OBJ 15
Category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Sig Loc Unsigned
Notes Exhibit in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (2001-2002)

Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
For many wood turners, making and selling production items was, and is, a common and financially necessary counterpart to more adventurous work. This was especially true for turners before and during the 1970s, who found it hard to live solely off sales of expensive, one-of-a-kind pieces. Often, production items are made in large quantities (many hundreds or even thousands), which requires time and dedication but also increases the turner's skill level. Despite the serial approach intrinsic to such work, the shape and size of each object in a production line are often subtly varied based on the particular piece of wood being worked. Turners have used a variety of techniques to make these objects efficiently, ranging from the batch production of "Skip" Johnson's assembled figures, to the lamination of David Ellsworth's shakers, to the split turning of Stephen Hogbin's spoons. While many older craftspeople continued to make such items throughout their careers, most contemporary turners abandon production work as soon as it becomes financially feasible to do so. For some, teaching jobs have taken the place of production turning as a means of supplementing income.
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